2017 is in full effect, with the year already producing hits in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split. But it’s far from over with a slew of gems currently awaiting release and coming soon to a theater near you.
Rings – February 3
The third installment in the U.S. version of the horror franchise will find Samara terrorizing a new batch of victims who watch her gruesome video, leaving them with only seven days to live. The first two films featured Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts in the lead role, and though she doesn’t return for the latest outing, the familiar faces of Johnny Galecki and Vincent D’Onofrio are sure to attract some new viewers.
Master Builder Bruce Wayne/Batman is back for a new adventure following the events of The Lego Movie with Will Arnett reprising his role as an over-the-top Caped Crusader. To his dismay, Batman will be joined by Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), and Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) in his journey to save Gotham from The Joker (Zach Galifianakis).
Keanu Reeves is back as cinema’s deadliest boogeyman, returning to New York City’s seedy underworld in the title role of John Wick. A week after the events of the first film, Wick must assist a former associate take control of an international guild of assassins where he’ll take on some of the world’s most ruthless killers. Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Lance Reddick make their return for the sequel, while being joined by Common, Ruby Rose, and Laurence Fishburne.
When high school teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) gets his co-worker Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) fired, Strickland challenges Campbell to an after school bout of fisticuffs. The comedy, from producers Shawn Levy and Max Greenfield, also stars Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell, and Dean Norris.
From the mind of Jordan Peele, this new psychological thriller made waves when its trailer first released back in October. Trouble ensues when African-American Chris takes a trip to the suburbs to meet the parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). What’s in store for Chris is to be seen but from the previews, it looks to be a great follow-up in the original film division following last summer’s Don’t Breathe and, the previously mentioned, Split.
There you have it, get your popcorn and your wallets ready!